Illinois vs. Northwestern: Full Game Preview

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Illinois vs. Northwestern: Full Game Preview
Illinois
(18-8, 5-3 away)
Northwestern
(13-12, 8-7 home)
Venue: Welsh-Ryan Arena
7:30PM ET / 4:30PM PT, February 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Illinois B Paul 16.7 N Egwu 4.7 T Abrams 3.5
Northwestern R Hearn 14.1 J Swopshire 6.7 D Sobolewski 4.1

Illinois travels to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday to take on Northwestern. The game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. EST and it can be seen on Big Ten Network. The Fighting Illini lost to the Wildcats 68-54 on Jan. 17 and are 4-4 against them over the last four years.

Northwestern is in 10th place in the Big Ten and Illinois is in seventh place.

In a 79-59 dismantling of Purdue on Feb. 13, D.J. Richardson put up 18 points for the Fighting Illini. On top of a team-high 1.6 steals per game, he also scores 12.5 points per game. For the Wildcats, Tre Demps finished with 16 points in the 69-59 loss to Ohio State on Feb. 14. He contributes 1.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.4 points per game.

Illinois has an advantage in a single key statistical area, scoring, where the Fighting Illini have an edge over the Wildcats, 71 points per game to 63 points per game.

Northwestern StatSmack

  • Illinois has a better record on the road than Northwestern this season (5-3 vs. 3-5).
  • AP voters think more highly of Illinois and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Northwestern (116 vs. three).
  • Illinois has a better record at home than Northwestern this season (10-4 vs. 8-7).
  • Illinois has a potent offense, scoring more points (71.8 per game vs. 63.4 per game) than Northwestern this season.
  • Illinois has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Northwestern ($24,554 vs. $54,190).
  • Illinois has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (68.5 percent to 38.8 percent).
  • D.J. Richardson is ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in three-pointers and 5th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • Illinois has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Northwestern ($38,696 vs. $54,190).
  • Illinois is a better free-throw-shooting team (72.8 percent vs. 66.0 percent) than Northwestern this season.
  • Even computers respect Illinois more. Illinois has a better RPI this season than Northwestern (RPI: No. 25 vs. No. 107).
  • Illinois is ranked higher than Northwestern in the Big Ten (No. 7 vs. No. 10).
Illini Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Brandon Paul 31 17 4 3 1 1 3
B+ D.J. Richardson 33 13 4 2 2 0 1
B Tracy Abrams 28 11 4 4 1 0 3
B- Nnanna Egwu 25 7 5 1 1 1 1
B- Joseph Bertrand 24 8 5 1 1 0 1
C+ Tyler Griffey 22 8 3 1 1 1 1
C+ Sam McLaurin 21 4 4 1 0 1 1
C- Myke Henry 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Devin Langford 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Shaw 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Kevin Berardini 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Mike LaTulip 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Ibby Djimde 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Reggie Hearn 32 14 4 1 1 0 2
B Jared Swopshire 32 10 7 2 1 1 1
B Drew Crawford 32 14 5 2 1 1 2
B Dave Sobolewski 36 11 3 4 1 0 2
C+ Alex Olah 22 6 4 2 0 1 1
C Tre Demps 17 7 2 1 0 0 1
C A. Marcotullio 19 4 3 2 1 0 1
C- Kale Abrahamson 13 5 2 0 0 0 0
C- Mike Turner 16 2 2 2 0 1 1
D Sanjay Lumpkin 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Nikola Cerina 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chier Ajou 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Montgomery III 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Omar Jimenez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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